Buffering Masculinity’s Impact on Binge Drinking: The Femininity Effect

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<b>Background: </b>Across most developmental periods, males tend to drink at a higher frequency and at a higher intensity than females (Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, 2020). In identifying the mechanism responsible for these differences, biological factors have been a prevalent focus; however, gender expression is also highlighted (Iwamoto & Smiler, 2013; Kaya et al., 2016). <b> </b>The purpose of this paper is to decipher how differences in binge drinking are attributed to sex differences and gendered traits.<b> Method: </b>Using data from Wave III of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (ADD Health) (<i>n</i> = 8,882), we conducted a multiple group moderation analysis to examine how differences in biological sex and gender roles in emerging adulthood predicted binge drinking. <b>Results: </b>We found that binge drinking in emerging adulthood was most strongly predicted by high levels of masculinity and low levels of femininity in emergi
Original languageEnglish
JournalAddiction Research & Theory
StatePublished - Jun 2023


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